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Questions for the Master . . .

Eckankar: Sri Harold Klemp
Sri Harold Klemp, the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master answers your questions about life, ECK, and your dreams.

    I know Santa Claus doesn't come down our chimney on Christmas Eve, but in my mind he does exist.  Was he ever real and is he an ECK Master?

    —Kelli, written at age 12

Dear Kelli,

   The tradition of Santa Claus dates back to fourth-century Turkey.  St. Nicholas was a bishop there.  Many legends exist about St. Nicholas, the namesake for Santa Claus, but today there is little real information about his life or his deeds.

    After the death of St. Nicholas, many people adopted him as a patron saint, especially in Russia.  That was long before the rise of Communism there in the early twentieth century.  But the Protestant Reformation made reverence for saints less popular throughout the countries of Europe. So St. Nicholas fell out of favor there.

    In Holland, though, the people continued to give respect to St. Nicholas, whom they called Sinterklaas.

    When the Dutch immigrated to what is now New York in the seventeenth century, they brought the tradition of Sinterklaas with them.  He was not connected with Christmas, though.

    English settlers in New York liked the idea of Sinterklaas, but they changed his name to Santa Claus.  (Say "Sinterklaas" fast and it's hard to tell it apart from "Santa Claus.")

    Whether Sinterklaas or Santa Claus, the mission is the same.  It is to bring gifts to children.

    So the tradition encourages giving.

    Whatever name this spirit of giving thrives under, it is certainly a virtue.  Both Sinterklaas and Santa Claus are ideal role models.  They show that the nature of Soul is to give unselfishly of Itself to others.


If you have a dream or question for the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master you'd like answered,  please send it to Letter of Light, Questions for the Master, PO Box 2000, Chanhassen, MN 55317-2000 USA

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Excerpted from the January 1995 Letter of Light by Harold Klemp, copyright © 1995 ECKANKAR. All rights reserved.
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